HAGAN IS PROVISIONAL LOW QUALIFIER IN VEGAS ON FRIDAY LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30, 2009) - Matt Hagan, the contender for the 2009 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award as an NHRA rookie-of-the-year frontrunner, was low...
HAGAN IS PROVISIONAL LOW QUALIFIER IN VEGAS ON FRIDAY
LAS VEGAS (Oct. 30, 2009) - Matt Hagan, the contender for the 2009 Automobile Club of Southern California Road to the Future Award as an NHRA rookie-of-the-year frontrunner, was low qualifier after two of four rounds of qualifying at the ninth annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
If he holds on to No. 1 through two more sessions, he will earn his second pole position of the season.
Hagan, driving the Valvoline Engine Guarantee/shelor.com Dodge Funny Car, posted his career-best lap racing to 1000 feet of 4.030 seconds at his and the class's fastest speed to 1000 feet of 313.88 mph in Friday's second session, earning him three bonus points under the new qualifying bonus system for the Countdown to 1 playoffs. He also set both ends of the track record with that pass.
His first lap today was a 4.134/306.12, good for No. 4 at the time. Two more rounds of qualifying will be held on Saturday to determine the final 16-car field for Sunday's eliminations.
"It was just a great, smooth run," said Hagan, who is not in the playoffs, but is still eligible to earn the bonus points. "It just went out there and did what it was supposed to do. It went right down the track. I drove it a little bit far, but when it feels that good it's hard to pull your foot out of it.
"Tommy DeLago (crew chief), I can't say enough about that guy. He's really done a lot of studying up there in the lounge to make sure that all the R&D that has been put into these programs is really starting to show. That has a lot to do with it and it starts with Tommy, because he's the one in there screwing the knobs in. I've got the easy job, I just hang onto this thing.
"Sometimes it can be more difficult than you think, but other times it just runs right down through there. And that's what it did tonight. Some of the fastest runs, I feel like, are some of your smoothest runs.